Psychology of a hack

Psychology of a hack

by Eric Reed, The Boston Globe

Hackers aren’t just targeting your computer; they’re targeting your mind.

“People are humiliated. They’re hurt and they’re vulnerable,” says Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher for the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. This echoes a sentiment shared by many in his industry about the experience of getting hacked.

Modern hacking has outgrown the lone-gunman approach of the internet’s early decade. Today, criminal enterprises drive most data breaches, sometimes vast ones such as the recently disbanded Fin 7 that operate from locations all across the world. These groups test networks again and again, looking for any vulnerability, knowing that out of a million attempts they only need to succeed once. And their preferred target isn’t an obscure piece of code or an error in a database.

It’s you.

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